Sciortino to be sentenced Thursday, prison time not expected


A judge will sentence ex-Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino Thursday for one felony and one misdemeanor for illegally using county computers to organize two golf fundraisers for his re-election.

Sciortino, a Democrat from Austintown, faces up to 18 months in prison.

Sciortino pleaded guilty April 11 to the two counts – both are unauthorized use of property (computer or telecommunication property) – as part of a deal he cut Feb. 26 to resolve this case and another one in Cuyahoga County related to the Oakhill Renaissance Place corruption scandal.

Cuyahoga County Judge Janet R. Burnside sentenced Sciortino March 28 to one year’s probation after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, and two misdemeanors: falsification and receiving or soliciting improper compensation.

It’s highly unlikely Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove, who is overseeing Sciortino’s case in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, will sentence the former county auditor to state prison.

Read more about the case in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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